The Organized and Playful Mind: A Workshop with Pedro de Alcantara

Our lives are made of the dialogue between improvisation (the playful mind) and structure (the organized mind). Good health is the balance between these two aspects of existence.

Questions, suggestions, requests? Please email me.

When? Saturday & Sunday, November 23 & 24, 2019, from 2 to 7 PM with a tea break. Monday, November 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM, an optional Practice Lab at no extra cost.

Where? Studio Bleu, 7/9 rue des Petites Ecuries, 75010 Paris. Métros Château d'eau (line 4) or Strasbourg-Saint Denis (lines 4, 8 and 9). The Studio Bleu is on the first floor of the building sandwiched between the Franprix supermarket and the New Morning jazz club.

For Whom: Anyone interested in skills of observation, creativity, mindfulness, and adaptability. Limited to 12 participants. Past participants have included artists, musicians, writers, health professionals, and public speakers.

How Much: Each day costs €150. Take both days and receive a discount: €250 instead of €300. Please email me for more information or to register. 


Everyone has access to two modes of working: improvisation and structure. These are ways of looking at things, ways of approaching a situation, ways of responding to problems or to any task. You can develop both modes separately and—more importantly—in dynamic opposition.

Improvisation is playful, informal, and sometimes non-intellectual (“silly”). Structure is though out, analytical, and usually sober-minded.

It’s good to know how and when to be silly, how and when to be sober-minded, how and when to pass from one to the other, and how and when to integrate both aspects in a single frame of mind: playful yet thoughtful.

In this workshop we’ll play silly games with a serious goal, and serious games with a light-hearted goal. Most of the games involve communication and language.

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